International Joint Commission to report back on the Windsor-Essex County Hum
MP - Windsor West
The office of Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) NDP Critic for the Canada-US border has been updated on the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) progress investigating the Windsor-Essex County Hum. In June Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird asked the IJC to help develop a science-based approach which would assist governments to identify the source of the disturbance.
Windsor - October 1, 2012 - The office of Brian Masse M.P. (Windsor West) NDP Critic for the Canada-US border has been updated on the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) progress investigating the Windsor-Essex County Hum. In June Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird asked the IJC to “help develop a science-based approach which would assist governments to identify the source of the disturbance.” At this point the IJC is close to completing its investigation and will soon be making its recommendations to the Minister.
Masse commented: “This is good news. We have been monitoring the progress of the IJC investigation and I am satisfied that they have taken this request seriously and moved expeditiously to respond to the Minister’s request.”
The IJC indicates that in order to develop a plan to identify the source of the Hum they asked two Universities to develop proposals to address the issue. The names of the institutions are unavailable at this time however the IJC does indicate that from one institution the Engineering Department was consulted. At the other University the IJC consulted the Physics Department.
The proposals were reviewed by the IJC and then submitted to a sound monitoring company for review. Currently the IJC is conducting their ‘final expert review’ of the submissions and will be drafting their recommendations to the Minister within weeks.
Local Hum Activist Gary Grosse is encouraged by the new developments and is asking for continued vigilance: “We are grateful to see favourable movement with this noise pollution issue and remain hopeful that a solution can be found. Canadian citizens continue to suffer loss in their quality of life through emotional and physical vexation due to the Windsor Hum. We urge all elected government representatives, the scientific community and educational institutions to this issue for the betterment of citizen’s quality of life and the environment.”
Masse added that he hopes the government will move quickly to address the Hum once the IJC recommendation is submitted: “The community has been dealing with the Hum for over a year now. While I am pleased to see progress here I know that there are families who continue to see their quality of life negatively impacted. We need to resolve this issue as soon as possible to give them relief.”
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